Cape Town - Manchester United full back Luke Shaw is going nowhere, says boss Jose Mourinho.
The 21-year old full-back, a £27 million pound signing in June 2014,
is reportedly frustrated at his lack of playing time since recovering
from a serious injury suffered in the Champions League against PSV at
the start of last season.
Shaw has struggled to break into the first team under Mourinho, but
the Portuguese has rubbished any rumours of a rift between the two while
dismissing the possibility of Shaw leaving Old Trafford.
Answering a question on whether Shaw would be sold, Mourinho said:
“No, no, no. He will be here for sure, that is out of the question.”
“What I think is that he had a very ugly injury, really, really ugly
and the fact is not just the physical point of view but also the mental
impact on him,” he added.
“So this season he has had a couple of small injuries and he needs to adapt. He knows what I like in a defender.”
“He knows that I like stability, that I don’t like mistakes, that for
me it is vital to trust a player totally and he has to work to get it.”
Mourinho added that time was still on the former Southampton player’s side.
“And when he is on the pitch again he has to try and give me that step-by-step because he is only a young player.”
“Sometimes people forget he is only a young player with a lot to learn but I like the player and I like the boy.”
United next face St Etienne in the return leg of the round of 32 on Wednesday night at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard holding a comfortable 3 goal advantage.
Kick off is at 19:00.